Sharing their history

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Kevin Connywerdy with the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers performs a dance using hoops Saturday inside the Grand Hall at the Fort Scott National Historic Site. The hoop dance is sacred as it symbolizes the circle of life, Connywerdy said. He used the hoops to create different symbols, such as an eagle and the earth. Members of Connywerdy’s family, who also performed various dances, look on.

The Norman, Okla.-based native dance group has shared Oklahoma’s Native history around the world and countless organizations and schools across the United States. Since 1997, the dance troupe has provided a glimpse of Native American culture through song, dance, music and storytelling. All of the group’s performers are enrolled tribal members and represent many different tribes across Oklahoma, according to submitted information.

Throughout the Labor Day weekend, the site hosted an exploration of the labors leading to the creation of the “Crack Post on the Frontier.” Other activities included artillery demonstrations, small arms drills, living history demonstrations and a variety of interpretive programs.

Kevin Connywerdy with the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers performs a dance using hoops Saturday inside the Grand Hall at the Fort Scott National Historic Site.
Jason E. Silvers